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Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (1992)

| Short, Music
Paris, 1994, night: as the Leningrad Cowboys sing "Those were the days," a solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door. He and the beast walk down to La Maison du Vin ... See full summary »

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Credited cast:
Silu Seppälä ... Lonely Cowboy
Mato Valtonen ... Bartender
Kirsi Tykkyläinen Kirsi Tykkyläinen ... Bartender's wife
Mauri Sumén Mauri Sumén ... Leningrad Cowboy - Accordionist
Matti Pellonpää ... Vladimir Kuzmin, the Manager
Jore Marjaranta ... Leningrad Cowboy - Singer
Twist-Twist Erkinharju ... Leningrad Cowboy - Drummer
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Leningrad Cowboys ... Themselves
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Paris, 1994, night: as the Leningrad Cowboys sing "Those were the days," a solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door. He and the beast walk down to La Maison du Vin where, despite a "no donkeys" sign on the wall, they enter and he proceeds to feed the donkey with provisions from his pack. His care and feeding of the donkey impress the woman who sings with the house band. She and the visitor connect, but if they slip away, who will watch the burro? The visitor's shoes and most everyone's hair, except the donkey's, points forward. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A trifling bizarre joke, but well done
10 August 2000 | by edwartellSee all my reviews

The words "Greatest Finnish filmmaker" apply to Aki Kaurismaki for many reasons, besides my ignorance of Finnish film and the fact that he's the only remotely famous Finnish director. This little short film (5 minutes on video) displays his minimalist style well: no dialogue, only a song and images to illuminate the action. Less typical are the black and white images. Otherwise, this is a charming introduction to his work. The Leningrad Cowboys, a Finnish band Kaurismaki's worked with multiple times, provide the music for this, essentially a music video. The tune is an old Russian folk song, reworked into a rock song. While they perform in a Paris cafe, a man with a donkey walks in and starts steaming hay for the donkey. There actually is a thread of coherent story here, but the bizarre seriousness with which the whole thing is done really makes this a charming short. The band performs while staring forth absolutely expressionless. Everybody's hair and shoes are bizarre. All kinds of little elements make this a charming little bizarre joke - kind of like David Lynch without any underlying morality or violence. Very fun.


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Country:

Finland

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English | French | Russian | Finnish

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Megamania, Sputnik See more »
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